The 10 Rules Of Rock And Roll

Author: Robert Forster
Publisher: Black Inc.
ISBN: 1863954503
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The 10 Rules Of Rock And Roll from the Author: Robert Forster. This is a roller-coaster ride through the history and present of popular music - from The Monkees, The Rolling Stones, Nana Mouskouri and Neil Diamond to Cat Power, Antony and the Johnsons, Franz Ferdinand and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and covering such Australian mainstays as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Mark Seymour, Paul Kelly and theCountdown spectacular. Robert Forster was a Go-Between and now has an acclaimed solo career. But in recent times he has established himself as one of the fi nest music critics in the business. This book gathers that writing into an entertaining whole and also includes several new pieces: Forster outlines the 10 Rules of Rock and Roll, reflects on the influence of The Velvet Underground and movingly remembers his partner in The Go-Betweens, Grant McLennan.

The 10 Rules Of Rock And Roll

Author: Professor Robert Forster, PT
Publisher: Jawbone Press
ISBN: 9781906002732
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The 10 Rules Of Rock And Roll from the Author: Professor Robert Forster, PT. In his first book The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll Australian singer-songwriter Robert Forster takes readers on an idiosyncratic journey through the past and present of popular music from Bob Dylan to Cat Power from AC/DC to Nana Mouskouri from The Saints to Franz Ferdinand. With thirty-years experience as a recording artist/performer and an undimmed love of popular music Forster's observations about his fellow artists balance the enthusiasm of a fan with an insider's authority. He is that rare thing a musician who can write about music and he brings to this collection of critical essays the erudition wit and craft of his songwriting.

The 10 Rules Of Rock And Roll

Author: Robert Forster
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1458759989
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The 10 Rules Of Rock And Roll from the Author: Robert Forster. ''Sometimes I play a game in my head: name the five best American rock bands of the '60s. My list goes: The Velvet Underground, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Doors, and then I stall on the fifth. Creedence? The Band - although they're mostly Canadian. Simon and Garfunkel? Jefferson Airplane? The Lovin' Spoonful? But I plump for The Monkees. '' - Robert Forster. . . . . . In The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll, Robert Forster takes readers on an exhilarating trip through the past and present of popular music - from Bob Dylan, AC/DC and Nana Mouskouri through to Cat Power, Franz Ferdinand and ... Delta Goodrem. To accompany Forster's acclaimed writing for The Monthly, there are some stunning new pieces - 'The 10 Rules' and 'The 10 Bands I Wish I'd Been In' and an appreciation of Guy Clark - as well as a reflection on The Velvet Underground, a short story about Normie Rowe and a moving tribute to fellow Go-Between Grant McLennan. Funny and illuminating, The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll shows a great critic at work.

Grant I

Author: Robert Forster
Publisher: Penguin Group Australia
ISBN: 1743485662
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Grant I from the Author: Robert Forster. Grant & I is the story of the friendship and collaboration of Grant McLennan and Robert Forster, who gave Australia The Go-Betweens, one of our best and most influential bands. The Go-Betweens, one of Australia's most talented and influential bands, very nearly wasn't. Grant McLennan didn't want to be in a group, and couldn't even play an instrument. That didn't stop the singer-songwriter duo of Forster/McLennan becoming one of the most acclaimed partnerships in Australian music history. Just as The Go-Betweens always defied categorisation, Grant & I is like no other rock memoir. At its heart is a privileged insight into a prolific artistic collaboration that lasted three decades, and an extraordinary friendship that rode out the band's break-up to remain strong until Grant's premature death in 2006. Unconventional in lineup and look, noted for near misses and near hits, always a beat to one side of the mainstream - the band's unusual beginnings were followed by twists that often confounded its members as well as fans and record companies. The story of The Go-Betweens is also the story of the times, and Grant & I is a wonderfully perceptive look at the music industry and a brilliantly fresh take on the sounds of the era. As distinctive a writer of prose as he is of songs, Robert Forster is wise and witty, intimate and frank, astute and knowledgeable. There could be no better tribute than Grant & I to this partnership and band who remain loved and revered. 'The truest and strangest poet of his generation.' Nick Cave 'An odyssey of friendship, ambition and the struggle of art. Clear-eyed and compelling.' Paul Kelly 'As a survey of a sui generis carrer, as a glimpse into the formation and working methods of a superlative songwriter, and as an ultimately poignant chronicle of a friendship, Grant & I weaves a memorable story with wit, art and heart.' Readings Monthly 'The main focus is as admirable as it is surprising. Forster's topic is rarely himself or McLennan. Instead, it's the stuff of which their days were made, the music of The Go-Betweens . . . Forster is not at all sentimental about their friendship, until he has to be . . . And their relationship is not at all dramatic, until, of course, it is, at which point, it is gutting, sudden and tragic.' The Saturday Paper 'The Go-Betweens were fascinating for teaming two very different singer-songwriters - the sweetly melodic Grant McLennan and ragged rock poet Robert Forster. Robert's account of their journey is as compelling as it is sprightly.' The Weekly Review 'This moving memoir . . . is a fascinating glimpse into a life richly lived and a key friendship along the way . . . [Forster] has gone on to honour his departed friend in many ways and now, importantly, with this warm, witty and at times searingly honest book.' Courier-Mail 'His writing is sharp, with an undercurrent of ironic humour but, when it comes to the big moment with which the book climaxes, he handles it with emotional precision . . . You can read this as a book about the music industry. You can read it as a book about the mysterious synergies of art. Or you can read it is a book about the non-erotic love that can exist between men.' The Age 'An engrossing, textured insight into [Forster's] friendship with his fellow, but more introverted, singer-songwriter while documenting the highs and lows of The Go-Betweens' battles with record labels in the UK, US and at home. The book is also a wonderful insight into the punk, post-punk and '90s music scenes, detailing the band's brushes with REM, Nick Cave's The Birthday Party, Lloyd Cole and Scottish cult act Orange Juice.' The Advertiser (Adelaide) '[A] beautifully documented account . . . The heart of Forster's story is deeper and more poetically drawn than simple band autobiography, however. It's the unveiling of a friendship, a partnership, even a love affair, of sorts, that ended in tragic circumstances . . . His natural talent for the written word blossoms from almost every page of this colourful account of his relationship with McLennan . . . Forster writes from the heart.' Weekend Australian 'Forster's half of the tale is passionate, funny, unflinchingly honest and ultimately very moving in the hours of his friend's strange, tragically premature passing . . . What we have in The Go-Betweens is a beautiful puzzle that invites imagination to rule.' The Saturday Age

History Of Rock N Roll In Ten Songs

Author: Greil Marcus
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300190301
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History Of Rock N Roll In Ten Songs from the Author: Greil Marcus. Unlike all previous versions of rock ’n’ roll history, this book omits almost every iconic performer and ignores the storied events and turning points that everyone knows. Instead, in a daring stroke, Greil Marcus selects ten songs recorded between 1956 and 2008, then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock ’n’ roll as a thing in itself, in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out—a new language, something new under the sun. “Transmission” by Joy Division. “All I Could Do Was Cry” by Etta James and then Beyoncé. “To Know Him Is to Love Him,” first by the Teddy Bears and almost half a century later by Amy Winehouse. In Marcus’s hands these and other songs tell the story of the music, which is, at bottom, the story of the desire for freedom in all its unruly and liberating glory. Slipping the constraints of chronology, Marcus braids together past and present, holding up to the light the ways that these striking songs fall through time and circumstance, gaining momentum and meaning, astonishing us by upending our presumptions and prejudices. This book, by a founder of contemporary rock criticism—and its most gifted and incisive practitioner—is destined to become an enduring classic.

Sympathy For The Devil

Author: Dominic Molon
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300134261
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Sympathy For The Devil from the Author: Dominic Molon. Combines critical essays with full-color reproductions of artwork to examine the relationship between artists and rock musicians since 1967.

Outliers

Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 014190349X
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Outliers from the Author: Malcolm Gladwell. From the bestselling author of Blink and The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success overturns conventional wisdom about genius to show us what makes an ordinary person an extreme overachiever. Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary? In this provocative and inspiring book, Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to professional athletes, software billionaires to scientific geniuses, to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and far more fascinating, than we could ever have imagined. He reveals that it's as much about where we're from and what we do, as who we are - and that no one, not even a genius, ever makes it alone. Outliers will change the way you think about your own life story, and about what makes us all unique. 'Gladwell is not only a brilliant storyteller; he can see what those stories tell us, the lessons they contain' Guardian 'Malcolm Gladwell is a global phenomenon ... he has a genius for making everything he writes seem like an impossible adventure' Observer 'He is the best kind of writer - the kind who makes you feel like you're a genius, rather than he's a genius' The Times

Rock And Roll Will Save Your Life

Author: Steve Almond
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780679603658
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Rock And Roll Will Save Your Life from the Author: Steve Almond. Drooling fanatic, n. 1. One who drools in the presence of beloved rock stars. 2. Any of a genus of rock-and-roll wannabes/geeks who walk around with songs constantly ringing in their ears, own more than 3,000 albums, and fall in love with at least one record per week. With a life that’s spanned the phonographic era and the digital age, Steve Almond lives to Rawk. Like you, he’s secretly longed to live the life of a rock star, complete with insane talent, famous friends, and hotel rooms to be trashed. Also like you, he’s content (sort of) to live the life of a rabid fan, one who has converted his unrequited desires into a (sort of) noble obsession. Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life traces Almond’s passion from his earliest (and most wretched) rock criticism to his eventual discovery of a music-crazed soul mate and their subsequent production of two little superfans. Along the way, Almond reflects on the delusional power of songs, the awkward mating habits of drooling fanatics, and why Depression Songs actually make us feel so much better. The book also includes: • sometimes drunken interviews with America’s finest songwriters • a recap of the author’s terrifying visit to Graceland while stoned • a vigorous and credibility-shattering endorsement of Styx’s Paradise Theater • recommendations you will often choose to ignore • a reluctant exegesis of the Toto song “Africa” • obnoxious lists sure to piss off rock critics But wait, there’s more. Readers will also be able to listen to a special free mix designed by the author, available online at www.stevenalmond.com, for the express purpose of eliciting your drool. For those about to rock—we salute you! From the Hardcover edition.

The Rules Of Attraction

Author: Bret Easton Ellis
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307756459
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The Rules Of Attraction from the Author: Bret Easton Ellis. From the bestselling author or Less Than Zero and American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction is a startlingly funny, kaleidoscopic novel about three students at a small, affluent liberal-arts college in New England with no plans for the future--or even the present--who become entangled in a curious romantic triangle. Bret Easton Ellis trains his incisive gaze on the kids at self-consciously bohemian Camden College and treats their sexual posturings and agonies with a mixture of acrid hilarity and compassion while exposing the moral vacuum at the center of their lives. Lauren changes boyfriends every time she changes majors and still pines for Victor who split for Europe months ago and she might or might not be writing anonymous love letter to ambivalent, hard-drinking Sean, a hopeless romantic who only has eyes for Lauren, even if he ends up in bed with half the campus, and Paul, Lauren's ex, forthrightly bisexual and whose passion masks a shrewd pragmatism. They waste time getting wasted, race from Thirsty Thursday Happy Hours to Dressed To Get Screwed parties to drinks at The Edge of the World or The Graveyard. The Rules of Attraction is a poignant, hilarious take on the death of romance. The basis for the major motion picture starring James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel, and Kate Bosworth.

Season Of The Witch

Author: Peter Bebergal
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698143728
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Season Of The Witch from the Author: Peter Bebergal. This epic cultural and historical odyssey unearths the full influence of occult traditions on rock and roll -- from the Beatles to Black Sabbath -- and shows how the marriage between mysticism and music changed our world. From the hoodoo-inspired sounds of Elvis Presley to the Eastern odysseys of George Harrison, from the dark dalliances of Led Zeppelin to the Masonic imagery of today’s hip-hop scene, the occult has long breathed life into rock and hip-hop—and, indeed, esoteric and supernatural traditions are a key ingredient behind the emergence and development of rock and roll. With vivid storytelling and laser-sharp analysis, writer and critic Peter Bebergal illuminates this web of influences to produce the definitive work on how the occult shaped -- and saved -- popular music. As Bebergal explains, occult and mystical ideals gave rock and roll its heart and purpose, making rock into more than just backbeat music, but into a cultural revolution of political, spiritual, sexual, and social liberation.